The device, imPulse, features PS25201 sensors and two sensor pads which hold patients thumbs and measures the left and right ECG signal.

The measured data is transmitted via a Bluetooth link to a Smartphone or Tablet, where custom software can then display the ECG trace and perform some simple analysis of heart rate.

In addition, the device uses the new version of the EPIC sensor to provide long battery life for several months before recharging.

Plessey COO Barry Dennington said the company has commercialized the new sensor technology from lab prototype to volume production of integrated circuits in just over a year.

"There is an incredible range of applications that customers are designing products for — from monitoring vital signs to gesture recognition," Dennington added.

"However, we are constantly being asked for products based on EPIC so we have designed our own that we now have available."